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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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Since our March focus has been all about “Community” it only seems fitting to highlight a company that brings more to the table than product. There is something to be said about merit, about character, about integrity. There is something to be said about service. As a community, we are only as strong as our members, don’t you think?

Jen Soong of SOMA Goods not only brings handcrafted beauty to the world but also gives back directly to their community by partnering with refugee women in Atlanta to offer economic opportunities to the women residing in the fourth largest refugee community in the United States. Soong has a history of philanthropy and this mission shapes the way in which beauty and craft bring purpose to the goods we bring into our lives. This Navy Ikat Stripe pillow is absolutely one of the most gorgeous pieces, don’t you agree? You can feel good knowing that shopping at SOMA Goods not only brings beauty to your life but also to women in the community. Win/win.

SOMA Goods is giving away one Blue Geo Sari Pillow AND one Blue Dot Sari Scarf to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Tuesday, April 1st.
Please visit SOMA Goods and tell us: Tell us your favorite thing about one of the most influential women in your life.
Start checking the winner’s box on Tuesday, April 8th, to see if you’ve won!
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    ren says:

    not everyone knew my grandmother the way i knew her, she was a teacher and i think a lot of people saw her as such. wise, inspiring…all that junk. but i knew her as a joker, as someone with a truly silly sense of humor and the willingness to be a goofball. and that, oddly enough, has kept me from taking myself too seriously and has shown me that life is fun.

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    Pumpernickel says:

    My sister is an amazing listener. Not only that but I feel like I only need to express half of what I want to say because she already knows the rest.

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    megan says:

    I LOVE SOMA!

    The most inspiring woman in my life was my grandmother. During the Great Depression, she was essentially given away to another family to act a servant. Less than a decade later, she graduated from college with a degree in library science. In an era in which women didn’t regularly attend college PLUS her life’s early hardships, her achievement is impressive. She later ran her local library’s book mobile – a fact that I love about her. She worked with children in need in a poor coal mining town in her role as a librarian. Decades after she left her job, I found a letter written to her by a little girl who she helped during her time as a librarian (my grandmother suspected abuse). The letter thanked my grandmother for her concern and help and ended with a “you will hear from me.” My grandmother never heard from the little girl again but always kept the letter, hoping she would hear from her even 40 years later. That’s how deeply she cared about helping children who grew up in poor environments like she did. And despite the fact that she passed away more than 15 years ago, I remember that COMPASSION about her and always will. 

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    Sharon says:

    My Aunt Maureen, a true southern lady, full of joy and happiness with a wonderfully resilient life perspective. As she aged, her face wrinkled into a mass of smile lines. Hers is one of the most beautiful faces I know.

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    Sharon Siqueiros says:

    the genuine unconditional love my sister has for me……she’s amazing

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    Kim Henrichs says:

    My friend Mari.  She has gone through SO much in her life, and yet she remains one of the most positive, encouraging, loving friends a woman could ever wish for. I cannot imagine my life without her.

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    Elizabeth says:

    The most important women in my life will always be my mother and my daughter.  My mother taught me to admit my mistakes and be humble – she is always willing to learn and grow, which seems shocking to me now that she’s in her mid 60s.  My daughter teaches me (every day) that nothing matters as much as kindness.

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    Holly B says:

    I loved my grandmother’s drive! It seems like she had more energy at 70 than I do at 30, but she rarely procrastinated, just rolled up her sleeves and did what needed to be done 🙂

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    Sparrow says:

    My mom. She recently spent a week with me while I recovered from having my third baby. What struck me everyday is that she really tries to love people. I mean, really tries. She dedicates so much of her time to seeking out and extending friendship to those who feel lost or lonely. She helped me work through my anxiety about having a third baby and how I will cope raising three rowdy boys and she speaks so hopefully about life and about the love that is out there to feel and to give. And not only that, she speaks kindly of others. She doesn’t gossip or criticize. I know I’m safe with her.

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    Lynda Del says:

    I love that my father shows how much he loves and cares for all of us in the family especially me as his youngest child.

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    Samantha S says:

    My college English professor, boss, mentor, landlord (once), and dear friend is the reason I decided to go to graduate school and become a professor. She is an all-around amazing woman, but one of my favorite things about her is her gifts of hospitality. In college, she made sure to chat with every one of her students over a cup of tea; she could put even the most shy students at ease in her classroom and get them participating in the Honors program; and her generosity and kindness are an inspiration. Walking into her home for tea or a meal, you felt as if you belonged there, even if you’d never been before. She is the epitome of grace, class, and kindness.

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    Jennifer says:

    I’m not sure I can choose just one woman who has been influential to me. My mom is the obvious answer, but I find that women are most influential when they band together as sisters for the betterment of ALL women.

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    Susie says:

    My grandmother. She never let her difficult past define her. When she told stories, she’d always find a positive detail to focus on, when one clearly could have focused on the unfortunate. She was smart and very much present to everything and everyone around her. She was a master at crocheting, and, at age 100, she was intently watching me knit.  She said “I could learn that.” I said I know you could! Let me show you! Even then, she was ready to participate fully in life. 

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    Kate B says:

    My mom is the most influential lady in my life (and it’s tough to pick, because I am blessed to know a lot of kickass women!). One of my favorite things about her is that she was the breadwinner in my family. She earned two bachelors and two masters degrees and when we moved in the second grade, it was for her high-paying job. Since my little sister was pretty young at the time, my dad ended up staying home with us girls while my mom worked. It was supposed to be temporary, but it worked out so well that it remained that way. i didn’t even realize it was unusual until high school when I’d get the stray comment from a teacher or guidance counselor about it. I’m glad to have been raised by a determined, motivated mom AND a caring, nurturing dad!

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    Noma says:

    Even though we do not speak the same language, my grandmother is the woman I most admire. She lives in a mud hut home in a small African village. Though her children have made great livings for themselves and wish to move their mother into a more ‘comfortable’ home, my grandmother refuses. She remains in the rural areas to continue to care for her community and the in need children she has taken in. In the last days of her life, she is selflessly giving her time to others. This is what I love about her most.

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    Amie A says:

    She always called me Darlin’.  

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    ELIZA ELLIOT says:

    My mom is my inspiration – even facing cancer she is fearless and strong. I hope I can be half the woman she is!

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    Syd says:

    When I think of her, I automatically and comforted with joy. Not many people exude that type of love and joy at every turn to everyone she meets, but she does. She is my mother. She teaches me joy.

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    Jessica says:

    My grandmother always keeps an open mind. In her mid 70s she is still one of the most enjoyable, open people to spend a day with. Whether we’re flying to Mexico armed with only our passports, getting a third ear piercing, or just spending a day on the porch drinking tea, she is always ready to hear opinions, stories, new scientific evidence… or really anything. She suspends judgment until she’s heard you out and has the best taste in clothing. I’ve often wondered what makes people get ‘set in their ways’ and have tried to emulate my grandmother’s open mind so it doesn’t happen to me

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    Monica Borge says:

    My cousin had a beautiful amazing baby boy when she was 15. She still went to college and raised a beautiful boy. My favorite thing about her is her faith in herself. She knows she can do anything and I believe her.

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    Kat D.R. says:

    My older sister.  She is one of the hardest working people I know, and even when she struggling, she doesn’t hesitate to put others first.  I admire her kind heart and generosity.

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    I love how REAL this good friend is. She is never afraid to show her true self.

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    Sue F says:

    My mom because she instilled all the wonderful values in me.  She taught me to love and respect family and friends, always do the right thing, never hold a grudge, pay forward and be kind to yourself. She volunteered her time at our local hospital for many years so she taught me the importance of giving back, not with money but with time.  I have done my best to pass on these values to my adult children and now they are passing them down to my grandstands.  I was very blessed to have my mom in my life 

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    My mom! She’s completely fearless. 

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    Joren Robles says:

    My daughter. Her kindness and thoughtfulness teaches me to be more observant; to look for opportunities to help others. A giving and caring heart, as a teenager is so special. Her empathy is so admired and she is wise beyond her years. What an amazing person she has become.